What inspired the name of the band? What are your influences and are they the same as when you started out?

In College we had a freestyle competition and after my set, a friend in the audience compared me to Fat Joe and the name Joe Eazi kinda stuck from there. I rebranded to Eazi Beatz as I wanted my moniker to reflect me as an Artist, and as a producer.

Some of my biggest influences are Kayne West, Notorious BIG, Kendrick Lamar and my mum. As a producer Im always amazed at the quality of work Kanye puts out, and the care and focus he dedicates to his mixes is second to none, nothing is ever out of place. One of my favourite Kanye west track is Jesus walks and listening to that track now I still get goosebumps when it comes on. Kendrick Lamar is just something else with his words and his voice. A lot of artist claim they paint pictures with words but he really does do that, really looking forward to his album dropping this year.
Notorious BIG is the smoothest rapper to ever do it, like no matter which of his tracks I listen to always feel like I’m there with him in the studio, I keep wondering what music would be like if him and 2Pac were still alive. My mum supports me with everything I do and her resilience and strength is a major inspiration to me.

How do you approach songwriting?

My songwriting process is quite organic and fluid. Sometimes I have an idea of a song I want to write but sometimes, I’m vibing in the studio with some friends and a song will materialise from that session. I’m a strong believer of letting the creative moment find you wherever you are and I always have a recording device on me (most times my phone) as an idea can pop into my head at any given time. Drives my wife crazy because sometimes im making dinner and chopping onions or garlic and all of a sudden, I create. Beat from the sounds.

Could you talk us through the process of writing?

Im very outgoing and m upbringing and experience massively influence the kind and style of music I write. I grew up listening to a-lot rap, afrobeats, funk and RnB and these types of music shaped me as an individual. I see my music as a vessel to communicate to the listener, I want my music to convey my exact feelings in the moment, and I hope my listeners can understand, relate, and feel some of it when they listen to my music.

How do you decide what to perform live?

I find this really hard to be fair but this is the most important step for me in getting ready to perform live. I try to balance songs I enjoy performing, with songs that will engage and excite the crowd. I want my listeners to be able to feel the music and energy, and leave the event wanting more and I will choose tracks to perform based on this. Depending on the event as well I might perform a little teaser of an unreleased track to give the crowd a taste of that to expect. I actually have a show next month in which I’m currently in the process of choosing the songs to perform.

What plans do you have for the future?

As a matter of fact I do, I am performing at a festival in Bristol this June which I am really looking forward to. I currently have a few songs in the pipeline with plans of dropping tracks more frequently this year. I’m planning on dropping a song this summer and it will be titled “BAWSI”, its an Afrobeats Rap track which I’m sure people will love as it is catchy and its the perfect song for summer. I took some time off music last year as I became a new dad and I wanted to focus all my energy on enjoying that experience, and I know that this new found perspective will influence my future releases.
Me and a friend of mine who is also an Artist are also working on a collaborative visual album that tells a story about our shared experiences so watch this space.
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